August 18, 2018
Most every person can remember back to that moment when they were a child and were first asked about their long-term career aspirations. “So what do you want to be when you grow up, sweetie?” With the same reverence we can probably also overlook the fact that as an impressionable youth, 90% of our answers were most likely “astronaut,” “veterinarian,” or some other derivative that involved either traveling to mysterious space or saving furry little animals. (To my mother’s great consternation, the author of this current article opted for “circus clown”…but that’s a story for another blog…)
Fast forward to high school, college and the adult years beyond, and much like our preference for mac and cheese and hot dogs for dinner, our taste in gainful employment has most likely evolved. Add in advancements in modern technology and an ever increasing accessibility to previously unimaginable jobs and you have a recipe for adding a little spice to that whole “what do you what to do for a living.” While some of the below offerings may not seem quite as exciting as putting on a suit to walk amongst the stars, they are guaranteed to be in demand as the years progress and those in the now predict they’ll be among the best paying positions over the next several decades. With that kind of guarantee of financial security a big selling point, we delve into 10 jobs of the future, moon shoes optional.
If you have a love of numbers and have never met an event you couldn’t put a statistical probability on, a career as an actuary may be right up your alley. Everyone from private industry to governement to insurance companies increasingly rely on actuaries to underwrite risk and help price products that rely on indeterminate outcomes. Think of a career as an actuary as a scientist with a crystal ball, with calculator and graphs in place of beakers.
The growth rate of actuaries is expected to rise 22% from 2016 to 2026 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which makes this a good time to kick off your career in the field. With the increasing political and social debate around the cost of healthcare, it only makes sense that actuaries would also end up involved in the insurance field. The push and pull between government regulations and controlling premiums for clients, in addition to the rising cost and need for quality healthcare, only ups the demand for actuarial positions in positions from full time to consulting.
Personal Financial Advisors:
Do you like money? Do you like telling other people how they should use their money? Then maybe a career as a personal financial advisor is in the cards for you. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), careers as a Financial advisor are expected to rise a much faster than average 15% from 2016-2026. Much like the actuary profession, the increase in demand in this field can be credited to the rise in average age of retirement, the uptick in baby boomers, and overall retirement and debt load caused by student loans. You have student loans. We have student loans. You can relate!! Get on the bandwagon with this in-demand career field while the iron is hot.
You can’t be faulted for sensing a trend in careers that will be considered in demand and on the uptick in the next few years. Whether it be financial or personal health, care for aging and ill individuals is certainly a hot employment market and here to stay. Another above average gainer, a career as a registered nurse is expected to rise by 15% from 2016 to 2026 according to the BLS. If you like providing care to the sick or elderly, and being in an in-demand profession, a career as an RN may be in the cards. As an added bonus, many hospitals offer subsidized training, career counseling, and other beneifts for new hires in the field.
Accountants and Auditors:
Remember when we mentioned money? It turns out the people in charge of making sure that businesses stay within their budgetary plans are also in high demand. According to the BLS, jobs in the Accountant and Auditor space are expected to rise an average 10% from 2016-2026, a solidly above average statistic. If you’ve managed to score a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification in your career-belt, you can expect an extra premium on that fabulous employment statistic. Math, numbers, and a desire to help coach people and businesses out of financial trouble will serve you well in this field.
You can’t be faulted for never hearing of the specific job title of a management analyst. As it turns out, businesses are increasingly savvy to the idea that a solid policies and procedures department is equally as important as the fee earners and other decision makers in a company. Management analysts help with best practices across fields from HR to accounting and, according to BLS, the field is expected to grow by 14% from 2016 to 2026. If you have a solid case od OCD, and love a solid policy, a position as a management analyst may be the launching spot for a solid career for you.
Computer Applications Software Engineers:
Unless you’ve been hiding under a technological rock the last few years, it will come as no surprise that careers in the computer applications field continue to rise. From home networking needs to sophisticated industrial supply demands, application software continues to thrive. Along with this booming demand comes the engineers responsible for writing, developing, and managing the tech. With a much faster than expected 24% rise before 2016, designing and maintaining new software tech is an attractive career field for any tech-savvy individual.
Physicians and Surgeons:
Much like the increase in registered nurses mentioned earlier in our article, healthcare professionals continue to experience big gains in the career market. The demand for physicians and surgeons is expected to surge an above average 13% from 2016 to 2026. An aging population and the increase in higher education is to blame for the demand of qualified healthcare individuals. If you’ve got the education, drive, and experience, no one’s mom was ever disappointed when they heard their child was considering a career in health.
Computer Systems Analysts:
Much like the computer applications analysts referenced above, the individuals devoted to improving the process and systems are expected to be in high demand in the coming years. Whether it’s document management systems, email correspondence, or building and maintaining computer networks, computer systems analysts are expected to be on a solid 9% average growth rate in the coming years. Like a little bit of order in your life? A computer systems analyst job may be in the cards.
Market Research Analysts:
Do you enjoy keeping track of the latest trends in sales across a variety of industries? Maybe consumer spending and shopping have a large appeal to your daily life. If this sounds familiar, a career as a market research analyst could be the position you’ve been looking for. Market analysts help retail and wholesale establishments large and small develop plans for products and sales strategies. The BLS predicts growth in the field to surpass the average with a 23% uptick making this field one to watch if data and shopping are in your wheelhouse of professional skills.
If there’s been one area of continuous growth in the last 20 years, civil engineers are it. From planning our towns, to revitalizing cities for redevelopment, to lending a planning hand to infrastructure such as roads and highways, civil engineers certainly know the definition of job security. The BLS has the field on track to grow a XX% from 2016 to 2026, which certainly isn’t bad for the stability and demand market. Were you the type that liked to play with legos or build out citites via video games as a kid? If so, a civil engineer job may be the perfect gig for you!
Do our jobs of the future match up to your expectations? Leave us a comment and tell us what job you think will make it big in the coming years!
Article Updated from the Original on August 18, 2018